The Tigers lost some key elements from last season’s squad and are re-inventing themselves under a new coach.
In the middle of the park and attack, Northwestern features sophomore midfielder/forward Brooke Treadway, senior midfielder/forward Korey Price, junior midfielder Christine Dewhurst, junior midfielder Kaitlyn Daanen, junior midfielder Kindra Hamrick, sophomore midfielder/defender Karlie Renagle, senior midfielder/forward Brandi Harmon, and sophomore forward/midfielder Michaela Bennett.
The defense features senior Sarah Wallace, juniors Hannah Wilson and Abby Burns, sophomore Bayley Brutus and freshman Cate Hall. The two contesting for the goalie spot are junior Chloe Redman and sophomore Macey Mason.
Also looking to mix in are senior defender Madison Wells, junior defender Kaila Claiborne, sophomore midfielder Abby Heredos and five freshmen: midfielder/forward Kennedy Priday; defender Abby Olsen; defender Devyn Johnson; midfielder/forward Bailey Thatcher; and defender Kelsey Metz.
“They’re a team that has a lot of good characteristics and qualities in soccer and in life and I see soccer as a sport that draws in both, working on having a positive attitude through and through because sports are so mental. It’s not the best team that wins, it’s the one that mentally stays the strongest.
“I’ve got great attack, I’ve got some great defense, but all has to come together at the same time and I look forward to them, as young ladies, seeing that happen.”
Western hopes an experienced core blends well with promising newcomers to produce another leap forward after posting a 9-6-1 mark last year.
“I think this is the most advanced skill-wise, tactical-wise team I’ve had in all the years I’ve been coaching, the last four years as head coach,” Panther coach Nicole Jackson said.
Versatility is the best aspect of her squad. Jackson has a lot of players she can put in different positions depending on injuries, substitutions or the opponent that day.